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Johnny Dickshot
Jun 27 2005 09:09 PM

Occurs to me that if the Mets Network debuts as advertised next year, the station will need appoximately 21 hours a day of non-live-game programming for 162 days of the year, and 24 hours a day for the other 203 days of the year.

That's more than 8,000 hours of programming. Now, I don't much about how to make TV but that sounds like a lot of work.

Before these guys buy up the rights for another 10 seasons of Fran Healey's "Halls of Fame" we need a solution.

That solution is obvious.

We have to conceive a Mets-related television program that can be made quickly and cheaply.


Jun 27 2005 09:10 PM

Well, Yancy's got 36 hours covered

Johnny Dickshot
Jun 27 2005 09:11 PM


Jun 27 2005 09:13 PM

His spam email offering him a 36 hour boost, oh never mind

Jun 27 2005 09:21 PM

I suppose Mets TV would likely look alot like the YES Network, lots of features about Mets palyers form ther past, classic Mets games run all day, not sure if Fran Healy would figure, I read before that Fran is a Dolan fave and not a Wilpon fave.

I say they should have a Reality type show where Spring Training invitees live together in Port St. Lucie and we can watch as they try to make the team and head North, say about 16 players, a Real World MLB style...

SI Metman
Jun 27 2005 09:33 PM

Joe and Sid have been campaigning to have their midday show simulcasted on the network just like Mike and the Mad Dog have the YES simulcast.

Jun 27 2005 09:34 PM

Oh, I get it.

How about Fantasy Camp? That might be fun to watch.

SI Metman
Jun 27 2005 09:41 PM

I'd love to be a contestant if they bite off the Ultimate Roadtrip show and go to all 162 games.

How about classic episodes of Bob Murphy hosting Bowling for Dollars?

Jun 27 2005 10:10 PM

Tailgating with Rusty
Keith Hernandez in What Not To Wear (Special Guest Mike Piazza)
Turk's Elephant Hunt
Countdown to Adultery: The Anna Benson Story

. . .

Edgy DC
Jun 27 2005 10:12 PM

I've thought about this. I'd like to produce some eppysodes of Random Mets Recalled.

SI Metman
Jun 27 2005 10:22 PM

Your first episode could be the Jeff McKnight story.

Jun 28 2005 06:43 AM

We could set up steel cage matches pitting CPF members against each other.

We could have:
Edgy vs Willets
Cooby vs IP
and, the main attraction,
SalQ vs Everyone

Jun 28 2005 06:50 AM

And, in our committment to public service and librarianism, the lead in to the cage matches has to be -

Johnny Dickshot
Jun 28 2005 06:51 AM

Now you're getting it.

Joe & Sid can bite me. Their show is awful, and adding it to the lineup would only underscore the lack of any real imagination & investment for this thing.

But considering we haven't heard a word about this channel, from the name to any programming except, we presume, a certain number of Met games, I'm afraid they're going to take the Yes route and basically, suck but for the games if you happen to be into them.

This is an opportunity.

I'm thinking a Mystery Science Theater ripoff where steely but witty Met fans are forced to sit through replays of old games that turned out badly.

An offseason series which replays an entire season game-by-game would be cool. Tuesdays: 1984. Wednesdays: 1967, etc etc.

Edgy's indy league reality show has some promise.

Anything but Fran Healey's Mets Hot Stove Report has to be an improvement.

Jun 28 2005 06:54 AM

We have to give Fran his half hour. For cooby's sake.

In all seriousness, I'd love to see Kiner's Korner archives aired. What timepieces they would be.

Jun 28 2005 07:03 AM

OOH! I love the MST3K idea. I'm not a fan of the show, but I love the concept. Actually, doesn't ESPN Classic air something like that right now? It can be a spinoff of that.

Jun 28 2005 07:05 AM

We can do a sports news show in the vein of The Daily Show. Informative, satirical and Mets-oriented.

Edgy DC
Jun 28 2005 07:55 AM
Edited 1 time(s), most recently on Jun 28 2005 01:23 PM

MET Tuesday, 8:00 PM:
Carreon, My Wayward Son
Veteran bands perform Mets-based versions of their songs. This week, Social Distortion is featured with "The Torre of My Life."

Jun 28 2005 08:10 AM

The bigger question is winter-time programming. The YES Network has the Nets...obviously the Mets network can't get the Knicks. How do they fill this void?

Jun 28 2005 08:14 AM

Arizona Fall League. Winter Ball. Know Your Prospects - Getting Down With The Kids On The Farm.

Remember ABC's Wide World of Sports, where each week they would feature something different? Ski Jumping. Curling. Luge. Etc. Bring that back - let's make it cool to learn about other sports again.

Benjamin Grimm
Jun 28 2005 08:24 AM

I'm picturing a Keith Olberman/Tucker Carlson kind of format, where there's a rotating group of four or five of us doing 60-second discussions on a series of topics. The list of topics would be stacked on the side of the screen, and as they pop to the top the group would have a free-wheeling irreverent discussion. For example, we'd talk about Beltran's mole for about 60 seconds, then discuss whether the Mets should have traded Piazza after the 2001 season, then why Bruce Boisclair is fondly remembered, then a look at Mets whose last names can be scrambled to form palindromes.

Edgy DC
Jun 28 2005 08:45 AM
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I don't like those.

Too bite-y. Too self-consciously clever. Too scripted. Too selectively informed.

Irreverence works best when it's applied judiciously. Like reverence.

I'm in the gym watching Tony Kornheiser trying to work his standup routine on me, and I get angry.

It has the same negative cultural impact as late-night monologues, building a false consensus on public issues small and large based on little or no information -- just enough information to get a lame punchline out.

Frayed Knot
Jun 28 2005 08:48 AM

[u:4e925a673e]CSI: NY[/u:4e925a673e] -- Forensic scientists try to uncover the rationale and culprits behind the Zambrano/Kazmir trade

[u:4e925a673e]Cold Case[/u:4e925a673e] -- Forensic scientists try to dig up the rationale and culprits behind the Ryan/Fergosi trade

[u:4e925a673e]Scrubs[/u:4e925a673e] -- A panel from the CPF discusses those 250-odd players not good enough to garner points in the 'Rankings Project'

[u:4e925a673e]King of Queens[/u:4e925a673e] -- Weekly highlights show honoring the Met Player of the Week (as chosen by CPF polls)

[u:4e925a673e]Everybody Loves Raymond[/u:4e925a673e] -- Ray Knight talks about how he was a more popular Met after he left than he ever was while he was here

[u:4e925a673e]Still Standing[/u:4e925a673e] -- The Steve Trachsel Story

[u:4e925a673e]Fear Factor[/u:4e925a673e] -- Celebrity fans take turns picking their favorite NYM closer to protect a 1-run lead

[u:4e925a673e]Queer Eye for theStraight Guy[/u:4e925a673e] -- <Insert Piazza joke here>

[u:4e925a673e]Who's the Boss?[/u:4e925a673e] -- Jim Duquette discovers previously unknown clauses in his contract. Hilarity ensues (as does Minaya).

[u:4e925a673e]Trading Spouses[/u:4e925a673e] -- Anna Benson spices up the Met clubhouse

[u:4e925a673e]Law & Order - Special Victims Unit[/u:4e925a673e] -- Jeez, this one has so many possibilities

[u:4e925a673e]E.R.[/u:4e925a673e] -- Highlights of best Met injuries thoughout the years. Dr. James Andrews stars

[u:4e925a673e]Numb3rs[/u:4e925a673e] -- A Sabermetric look at Met lineups and decisions throughout the decades

[u:4e925a673e]Wheel of Fortune[/u:4e925a673e] -- A preview of the upcoming baseball draft

[u:4e925a673e]Smallville[/u:4e925a673e] -- Focus on short NYM players; John Franco & John Cangelosi host

[u:4e925a673e]Without a Trace[/u:4e925a673e] -- The search continues for Roberto Alomar's talent and Kaz Matsui's gold glove skills

[u:4e925a673e]Lost in Translation[/u:4e925a673e] -- A news magazine style show examining the expectations and results of Met players signed from Japan

[u:4e925a673e]Will & Grace[/u:4e925a673e] -- A look back on the 1980's Mets from the viewpoint of opposing 1st basemen

Jun 28 2005 08:53 AM

ROFL. Kudos!

Jun 28 2005 09:00 AM

How about a show called "Meet the Mets". Follow a Met throughout a typical day from cereal with the kids, to batting practice, etc. Interview his family, his would be light-hearted, and focus more on the individual than the player. I think it would be a great way to get fans to connect with their team.

We could also do some trivia-type game show.

Jun 28 2005 09:02 AM

Brilliant...lets not forget 60 Minutes with Rick Peterson.

Jun 28 2005 09:04 AM

Right...that's the show where he fixes 6 Mets pitchers right?

SI Metman
Jun 28 2005 09:33 AM

Centerfield wrote:
The bigger question is winter-time programming. The YES Network has the Nets...obviously the Mets network can't get the Knicks. How do they fill this void?

I remember hearing something that they wanted to work out a deal with one of the local pro hockey teams not under the Dolan's thumb.

Jun 28 2005 10:00 AM

]I remember hearing something that they wanted to work out a deal with one of the local pro hockey teams not under the Dolan's thumb.

Islanders I believe. Similar fan base and all that.

Johnny Dickshot
Jun 28 2005 10:01 AM

I guess that means the Islanders.

I started this thread fully expecting Frayed Knot's response and in order to compete with it I began thinking of a way to score those same points using retro shows (Three's Company: Bud Harrelson hosts a talk show, etc.).

But really, some *threads* here could be a show: "Met Fact & Opinion" & "Calling All Colliers" to name two.

I'm tellin ya.

Willets Point
Jun 28 2005 11:10 AM

holychicken wrote:
We could set up steel cage matches pitting CPF members against each other.

We could have:
Edgy vs Willets
Cooby vs IP
and, the main attraction,
SalQ vs Everyone

Apparently I'm Edgy's boy so I'd have to throw that match.

Benjamin Grimm
Jun 28 2005 11:13 AM

Whatever happened to that "Big Train" guy?

Edgy DC
Jun 28 2005 11:14 AM

Unless you think you could take your old man, boy.

Jun 28 2005 12:02 PM

The steel cage matches can be part of a show devoted to Festivus.

Just imagine the airing of the grievances....

Jun 28 2005 12:02 PM

If I am fighting you, I am NOT wearing an animal suit

Jun 28 2005 12:07 PM

You want a piece of me? You want a piece of me?!?!?!?

Jun 28 2005 12:08 PM

You put that sword down, you whack job

Jun 28 2005 12:12 PM

You're not fooling anyone with that innocent-looking Linus smile, you know!

Jun 28 2005 12:57 PM

LOL!!!! I knew pitting you two against each other was a good idea!

Jun 28 2005 01:11 PM


Jun 29 2005 05:59 AM

Know Thine/Thy Enemy - Each week a different Major League Team is featured and analyzed in detail. KTE archives will be available On Demand (for those of you with cable boxes and digital cable) for reference at any time.

Jun 29 2005 06:25 AM

How about a reality show featuring Anna Benson? This has the potential to become really interesting, if Kris cheats on her.